Saturday 13 May 2017

It's The Jewel Against the Little Magician - But Who is More Effective?

West Ham prepare to host Liverpool in their final home game of the season tomorrow in what is being billed as the battle of the South American tricksters. Manuel Lanzini, AKA the 'Jewel', has really stepped up to the plate since the departure of Dimitri Payet, while Philippe Coutinho, AKA the 'Little Magician' is Liverpool's most creative force. 

Lanzini has enjoyed a fantastic season and can rightly be disappointed not to have been voted player of the year as his ratings are much higher than Michail Antonio who bagged the award earlier this week. Lanzini is West Ham's MVP on Squawka with a performance score of 898 from his 32 appearances. His eight goals have been key to steadying the club during a turbulent first season at their new home, but it is his passing (total of 1197) with 87% accuracy that really stands out, resulting in 48 goal chances.  

Coutinho, meanwhile, has a performance score of 1022, with ten goals and 58 chances created in 29 games. His passing accuracy is somewhat  lower than Lanzini's at 83%. 

With Jonathan Calleri likely to lead the Hammers attack once again and Roberto Firminho ready for Liverpool, there's a real Argentina versus Brazil subplot. Liverpool will be under most pressure as they need the points to maintain their Champions League aspirations while SuperSlav's men are looking to end the season in the top half.

Rory Nostradamus predicts a lively game ending in a 2-2 draw.

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